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‘Quitters Never Win’ confronts estrangement, personal loss

“Quitters Never Win” tells the all-too-familiar story of an awkward reunion post-first-year in college. The one-act play — directed by Spencer Roth-Rose ’17, written by Brad Weekes '17 and produced by the Production Workshop — places the audience in the middle of a catch-up session between ...


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‘If You’re Reading This,’ Drake has already topped the charts

Toronto-based rapper Drake raised a lot of questions when he dropped a surprise mixtape on a random Thursday earlier this month. The collection of songs landed online like a smoking Canadian projectile, inscribed with the scratchy, cryptic lettering, “If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late.” To ...


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Film festival celebrates French cinema

“It’s a really good first date opportunity,” said Stephen Crocker ’05.5, University multimedia production manager, of the Providence French Film Festival running at the Cable Car Cinema until Tuesday.  “The woman that I’m going to marry this June — it was our first date six years ago.” Though ...


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Fusion showcases emotional range in spring show

As the name suggests, Fusion Dance Company — Brown’s oldest student-run dance group — performs in a variety of styles, from modern to hip-hop. After watching the group’s Annual Spring Show, which features music ranging from the “Chicken Dance” to a ringtone to Timbaland, it becomes clear ...


The Setonian
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‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ does not leave audience begging for more

After endless discussion in the media, delving into casting fuss and release date strategies, the highly anticipated film adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey” hit theaters this weekend. Though the film’s creators promised it would  whip the audience to climax and break cinematic barriers by depicting ...


The Setonian
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No limits to imagination, experimentation in animated shorts

There’s nothing new about saying that short films have a particular freedom. Without the need to sustain a narrative for several hours, filmmakers have the opportunity to work outside traditional arcs and structures and are more willing to be playful and experimental, assured of the fact that the ...


The Setonian
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Film details development of emergency medicine

In a single day, over 300,000 people will go to emergency rooms across the country seeking medical attention in the United States. The new documentary film “24|7|365: The Evolution of Emergency Medicine” explores the experience of the people who developed emergency medicine in response to the changing ...


The Setonian
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‘The Interview’: a humorous view of real-world controversies

“You know what’s more destructive than a nuclear bomb? Words,” says North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s character, played by Randall Park, in the film “The Interview.” In the wake of North Korea’s cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment and threats of violence against the United States, ...


The Setonian
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Powerful portrayals fail to solve ‘Theory of Everything’

A former teacher of mine once declared — with appropriate grandiosity — “If God speaks to us at all, he does so in number.” There’s something strangely appealing in his proclamation. Religious texts? Nonsense. Sworn recollections of miracles and visions? Insignificant. A deep, unspoken and ...


The Setonian
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Taste of India fails to match Kabob and Curry quality

The temptation to draw a comparison with local icon Kabob and Curry threatens to color perceptions of any other Indian food on College Hill, and in visiting Taste of India on Wickenden Street, it’s hard not to judge the restaurant solely in relation to Sunday mornings in the Blue Room. While Kabob ...


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Snooping through Schulz’s world

“Unhappiness is funny. Happiness is not funny at all.” Cartoonist Charles Schulz makes this statement in “The Man Who Saw Snoopy,” a play written and directed by Lenny Schwartz that opened Thursday in the Bell Street Chapel’s DayDream Theatre on Federal Hill. He reflects on the changing nature ...


The Setonian
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Trinity Rep reimagines ‘Hamlet’ through the absurd

My first experience with “Hamlet” was watching an episode of “The Simpsons.” Bart was the thought-tormented prince, Marge was Gertrude, Moe was Claudius and Homer was the ghost of the dead King Hamlet. To a young boy of five or six, thrilled by the opportunity of maturity, nothing could be more ...


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‘Hype Hero’ sketches corporatist caricature

The arts have never been a stranger to the vilification of greed, but the recent combination of economic recession, Occupy movements and increased populism have brought a resurgent relevance to the story of the systematic underdog. This dynamic manifests in recent releases like “The Dark Knight Rises,” ...


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Difficult women collide with serious money in ‘She’

The first satisfying feature of “She” — the group exhibition with the ambitious subtitle of “picturing women at the turn of the 21st century” ­— is its not having been called “Her.” The nominative pronoun seems to promise a feminist inflection, a show that will deliver to us women as ...


The Setonian
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Interactive play reflects city’s diversity

Brown students can sometimes be out of touch with the realities of the city they live in. But they can at least partially remedy this by seeing “A Kind of Providence,” a play in which the essence of the city shines through in all its diversity, grit and creativity. Director Ashley Teague GS, a ...


The Setonian
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Wolitzer ’81 explores the adolescent psyche

Only rarely does a young adult novel achieve the complexity and gravitas of general literary fiction, which perhaps explains why writers in the latter category rarely seek to appeal to the former. Of course, there are notable exceptions, including Carl Hiaasen, Philippa Gregory and — as of the Sept. ...


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PW parties in space with ‘Song for a Future Generation’

Some time far in the future, amid a nebulous myriad of mystical galaxies and celestial entities, a space-themed party assembles people invited from all over the universe to view the detonation of a star. The raucous party is hosted by three “sisters,” who are soon revealed to be clones. Among the ...


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This time around, ‘Eleanor Rigby’ fights the loneliness

The comfortable silence draping the couple is interrupted by the end of the meal. The woman takes off her heels. “I’ll get a head start, then you follow when you think they aren’t looking,” she says. Seconds later, he sprints out of the restaurant, urging her on with the waiter in hot pursuit. ...


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‘Sweeney Todd’ occupies Wall Street

Modern-day reinventions frequently come across as gimmicky in theater and film. Too often, they serve as better marketing than art — or, perhaps more dangerously, they can come from the monomaniacal will of a rogue director, so concerned with his or her creative impulses that the reinvention ends ...


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